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LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL to Open 2015 Season at Washington Crossing Open Air TheatreLEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL to Open 2015 Season at Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2015

The 2015 summer season at the Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre begins with a musical comedy that's so much fun it shouldn't be legal! Legally Blonde the Musical is set for a two weekend run at the outdoor venue from Friday, May 29 through Sunday, June 7. Performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 pm. (more...)

BrightSide Theatre's 2015-16 Season to Feature NOISES OFF, SPAMALOTBrightSide Theatre's 2015-16 Season to Feature NOISES OFF, SPAMALOT
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2015

Artistic Director Jeffrey Cass and Executive Director Julie Ann Kornak are proud to announce BrightSide Theatre's 2015-2016 5th Anniversary Season - 'Season Five - Season of Farce!' - Noises Off; Not Now, Darling; and the smash hit musical comedy Monty Python's Spamalot. 'With BrightSide Theatre having been founded for the love of farce, we knew our Fifth Anniversary Season had to be filled with pure laughter. These three farces are the epitome of Laugh-Out-Loud comedies! From the show named the greatest farce of all times, to a classic British farce, to the musical that always 'Looks on the BrightSide of Life', explains Executive Director Julie Ann Kornak , 'we invite you to join us as we celebrate our Fifth Anniversary by sharing in the laughter that will entertain you throughout our 'Season Five - Season of Farce!' ' (more...)

DTC Welcomes Jeffrey Woodward as New Managing DirectorDTC Welcomes Jeffrey Woodward as New Managing Director
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

The Dallas Theater Center Board of Trustees announced today the appointment of Jeffrey Woodward as managing director of the 56-year-old organization. Woodward's experience includes Syracuse Stage and 17 years at McCarter Theatre Center. The appointment follows the departure of Heather M. Kitchen, who announced her retirement in September 2014. Woodward will formally assume his post in mid-July. (more...)

Jason Gotay, Ellen Harvey & More Join Starry Cast of INTO THE WOODS at The Muny; Full Cast Announced!Jason Gotay, Ellen Harvey & More Join Starry Cast of INTO THE WOODS at The Muny; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

The Muny announced today its complete cast for Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and James Lapine's (book) Into The Woods, playing July 21-27. The production will be directed by Gary Griffin, choreographed by Chris Bailey and music directed by Brad Haak. (more...)

South Bend Civic Theatre to Present THE EXPLORERS CLUB, 6/12-28South Bend Civic Theatre to Present THE EXPLORERS CLUB, 6/12-28
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

South Bend Civic Theatre presents the frantic comedy The Explorers Club, June 12-28, 2015 in the Warner Theatre, 403 N. Main Street, in South Bend. Set in 1879 London, the prestigious Explorers Club members face an imminent crisis: their bartender is nowhere to be found. Well, that and their acting president wants to admit a woman to their distinguished membership of scientists. The candidate is beautiful, smart and the discoverer of a lost tribe, having brought back a member of the tribe for display. The decision to accept her could shake the foundations of the British Empire and worse, threaten cigars and brandy time at the club! What will the members do at this most difficult crisis in their three-hundred year history? Why, order more drinks, of course! An inspired, uproarious farce by Nell Benjamin. (more...)

THIS IS MARY BROWN to Debut at La MaMa in JuneTHIS IS MARY BROWN to Debut at La MaMa in June
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

La MaMa will present the world-premiere of THIS IS MARY BROWN - a solo play written and performed by Winsome Brown - with preview performances starting June 11 prior to an official press opening June 14 at La MaMa's First Floor Theatre (74 E. 4 St.) in Manhattan. Brad Rouse directs the production, which runs through June 28. Following its debut at La MaMa, THIS IS MARY BROWN will travel to Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. (more...)

Tickets to Theatre Aspen's 2015 Season Now on SaleTickets to Theatre Aspen's 2015 Season Now on Sale
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

The organization's 32nd season will be extended by two weeks this summer.  The Hurst Theatre opens with the groundbreaking revival version of the musical CABARET, running in repertory with Other Desert Cities, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Junie B. Jones The Musical.  Following the regular season, the theatre recently announced the launch of the Aspen Theatre Festival, featuring new plays and musicals being developed for the stage.  The festival takes place the week of August 23rd - 28th. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE at Delaware Theatre CompanyBWW Reviews: BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE at Delaware Theatre Company
by Mark Brainard - Apr 24, 2015

When the title of the musical is followed by 'based on the book/film...', there tends to be one of two reactions- excitement (LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, MARY POPPINS, RAGTIME) or dread (SISTER ACT, GHOST, CARRIE). And while the Broadway-bound BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE, now playing through May 10th at the Delaware Theatre Company, does not quite reach the level of LA CAGE or RAGTIME, it's hard to resist the feel-good charm bubbling off the stage. (more...)

Newlyweds Colin Donnell and Patti Murin to Lead Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN at The Muny This Summer!Newlyweds Colin Donnell and Patti Murin to Lead Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN at The Muny This Summer!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

Colin Donnell and Patti Murin, who recently starred opposite each other in Encores! LADY, BE GOOD, will return to the stage in Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN at The Muny in St. Louis beginning July 6, just one week after they tie the knot! (more...)

Broadway-Bound BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE Extends at Delaware Theatre Company, Thru 5/10Broadway-Bound BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE Extends at Delaware Theatre Company, Thru 5/10
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

Delaware Theatre Company opened the new musical, BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, on April 8th,with Book and Lyrics by Nell Benjamin (Broadway's LEGALLY BLONDE: the musical), Music by Duncan Sheik (Broadway's SPRING AWAKENING), and directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Broadway's RAGTIME). It has now extended its run at DTC through May 10th. (more...)

MEAN GIRLS Musical to Take 'Shape' by Late Summer?MEAN GIRLS Musical to Take 'Shape' by Late Summer?
by Movies News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

According to Billboard, the highly anticipated musical stage adaptation of the hit film MEAN GIRLS could be finished by late summer. (more...)

Hasty Pudding Institute to Honor Music Executive Clive DavisHasty Pudding Institute to Honor Music Executive Clive Davis
by TV News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 honors legendary Music Producer Clive Davis as the 2015 recipient of the Order of the Golden Sphinx award. (more...)

Marcia Milgrom Dodge Helms Revamped BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, Beginning Tonight at Delaware Theatre CompanyMarcia Milgrom Dodge Helms Revamped BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, Beginning Tonight at Delaware Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2015

Delaware Theatre Company will open the new musical, BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE this Saturday, with Book and Lyrics by Nell Benjamin (Broadway's LEGALLY BLONDE: the musical), Music by Duncan Sheik (Broadway's SPRING AWAKENING), and directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Broadway's RAGTIME). (more...)

BWW Previews: Spring High School Musical Season, 2015!BWW Previews: Spring High School Musical Season, 2015!
by Maggie Yates - Mar 31, 2015

Santa Barbara high school students bring audiences a range of exciting musicals, including Legally Blonde, Crazy for You, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Young Frankenstein. (more...)

Broadway's Tony Honored Dog Trainer Bill Berloni Heading to New TV Reality ShowBroadway's Tony Honored Dog Trainer Bill Berloni Heading to New TV Reality Show
by TV News Desk - Mar 30, 2015

Bill Berloni, the recipient of a 2011 Tony Award Honor for Excellence in Theatre, will head to Discovery Family Channel this August to star in a new reality TV series. (more...)

Dallas Theater Center to Present Rolling World Premiere of COLOSSAL, 4/2-5/3Dallas Theater Center to Present Rolling World Premiere of COLOSSAL, 4/2-5/3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2015

?Dallas Theater Center announced today complete details for the rolling world premiere of Colossal, a new play by Andrew Hinderaker. DTC artistic director Kevin Moriarty directs the Kennedy Center Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award-winning play, which is choreographed by founder and artistic director of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance Joshua L. Peugh. Colossal begins with previews on Thursday, April 2 with a Pay-What-You-Can performance and runs through Sunday, May 3. (more...)

UPDATE: Richmond Reveals Script for MEAN GIRLS Musical Nearing Completion!UPDATE: Richmond Reveals Script for MEAN GIRLS Musical Nearing Completion!
by Movies News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

In a new interview with Yahoo, composer Jeff Richmond reveals that the highly anticipated musical stage adaptation of the hit film MEAN GIRLS is finally nearing completion. (more...)

BWW Interviews: John Tartaglia in BUYER AND CELLARBWW Interviews: John Tartaglia in BUYER AND CELLAR
by Marina Kennedy - Mar 17, 2015

Broadwayworld.com interviewed John Tartaglia about his career and current role in George Street Playhouse's 'Buyer and Cellar.' (more...)

THE EXPLORERS CLUB, LEGENDS!, ATOMIC, CALENDAR GIRLS and More Set for Meadow Brook Theatre's 50th Anniversary SeasonTHE EXPLORERS CLUB, LEGENDS!, ATOMIC, CALENDAR GIRLS and More Set for Meadow Brook Theatre's 50th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2015

Meadow Brook Theatre's 2015-2016 season promises to please with Michigan Premieres, a hilarious comedy, and a nostalgic musical sure to take you on a trip back in time! (more...)

THE EXPLORERS CLUB Runs 3/26-4/19 at Aurora TheatreTHE EXPLORERS CLUB Runs 3/26-4/19 at Aurora Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2015

Prepare for an adventure filled with zany humor, mad science and a touch of gender inequality, oh my! Hilarity unfolds as one woman propels Victorian England's prestigious Explorers Club into a tizzy when she is nominated to join the all-male sanctum! With the potential to uproot the patriarchal foundation of the British Empire, The Explorers Club combines wry humor with cheeky disposition to present a riveting engagement at Aurora Theatre, March 26 - April 19, 2015. With its fast-paced and witty dialogue, the show takes audiences on a journey of juxtaposition of feminine ideals against the oppressive backdrop of conservative 19th century Great Britain. (more...)

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